My Equus ones seem to be holding up well though.
Typically I try to match leathers with shoes, but sometimes I do also feel adventurous and will mix calf or bridle belts with suede footwear.
As per the replies above, ideally you would have dress shoes to wear at the tailor (assuming you will ultimately be wearing these trousers with dress shoes). However, in a pinch, a good tailor can probably do the job without you wearing the dress shoes, as long as you tell him what your plans are, and as long as you can accept a job that may not be absolutely precise.
1. I'll be in NYC this weekend and I'm looking for a tan dress belt to go with my Saint Crispin's shoes. Where can one get a good tan dress belt in NYC? Failing that, what are my options on the internet?
I'd like to spend no more than $80, but I can be convinced to go a little bit higher depending on the quality. Or is this unreasonable given my perameters? I am aware of Equus - I have a few belts from them in fact - but the British Pound to Canadian dollar conversion rate is horrendous and would like to try an alternative for the time being.
2. Is it a "rule" to match suede shoes with a suede belt? Or is that rule not as steadfast as finding a matching or closely similar colour? I have a pair of natural colour suede derbies from Walkover that I'd like to find a belt for too.
I prefer having my belt not be the same exact shade as my shoes, but rather in the same family. I wear my snuff suede shoes with a dark brown leather belt often. And I've worn my chocolate suede belt with leather shoes as well. I think it provides a nice variation of texture without looking contrived.
I have some nice belts from Kamakura that are at the 80$ pricepoint. You can call them ahead to see if they have anything in the color you desire.